More Maine Municipalities Look to State’s ‘Food Sovereignty’ Law

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Hurricane Harvey’s economic boost; Memphis scrambles after sewage overflow; Kansas City mayor not upset about losing out on Amazon HQ2; and California high-speed rail costs balloon.

The Fight for Medicaid Expansion Still Isn’t Over in Maine

Plus an update on Medicaid ballot initiatives in Utah and Idaho, and what the legislative tiebreaker in Virginia means for that state’s expansion.

A Victory Lap for Obamacare at the Ballot Box

With Medicaid expansion in Maine and Democratic wins in Virginia, voters affirm a bigger role for government in health care.

60% of Maine Voted for Medicaid Expansion, But Gov. LePage Has Some Conditions

The Republican governor says he will block Medicaid expansion (again) until the state legislature can find a way to pay for the program.

Maine Becomes 1st State to Expand Medicaid by Ballot Vote

Two other states, Utah and Idaho, may attempt their own expansion-by-referendum on next year’s ballot.

Here Are The Medicaid Stories You Should Be Watching

A Medicaid expansion by ballot measure in Maine, the looming cliff in Puerto Rico and news from Utah and Wisconsin.

How to Rediscover ‘Heart and Soul’ in Small-Town America

While there are plenty of great civic engagement case studies out there, they’re not always specifically geared for smaller communities.

Controversy Continues to Dog New National Monument in Maine

But North Woods residents hope it will generate more activity in their fading economy.

Creative Workforce Programs Aim to Stave Off Economic Decline in Maine

Public officials and business leaders worry about a demographic implosion and lagging educational achievements that put the state’s economy at risk.

War on Opioids Moves to Veterinarians’ Offices

Some states are taking the war on opioids into veterinarians’ offices, aiming to prevent people who are addicted to opioids from using their pets to procure drugs for their own use.

Portland, Maine’s ‘Weak Mayor’ City Hall Power Struggle

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Illinois governor vetoes major education bill; Miami’s new “puppy mill” ordinance; and an Alaska town’s entire police force quits.

What's the Real Goal of Trump's Voter-Fraud Commission?

A conversation with Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, one of three Democrats advising the president on “election integrity.”

Maine Governor Sends Shutdown Warning Email to State Employees

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Cuomo declares state of emergency for subways in N.Y.C.; Manhattan Beach vs. Los Angeles; and Colorado’s biggest pot bust since legalization.

Economics of Blueberries Jam Maine Officials

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Judicial fines mount from Washington state’s ongoing education funding crisis; California state government hiring outreach; and Philly’s ‘text-to-give’ campaign.

A Maine Resident’s Vengeful City Hall Bedbug Attack

The notorious pests sometimes need no help finding their way into government offices.

Despite Secession Talk, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Recent secession efforts range from large, ongoing campaigns in Texas and California to smaller pushes in Oklahoma, Maine, Utah, West Virginia and New York.

Outsourcing Proposal in Maine Worries Parks Advocates

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Ohio prisoner plan would pay county governments; Pa. Senate bill would undermine rules from Philly and Pittsburgh; and flu numbers jump in Connecticut.

A Telecommunications Fable: Struggles for Service in Rural Maine

Our editor-at-large documents how some small coastal communities are fighting for better telephone and internet services, but are advancing at a crawl.

Maine Gov. LePage: Liberals Are Trying to Turn State Into ‘Socialist Utopia’

Known for his combativeness, the Republican governor offered a bit of an olive branch during Tuesday’s State of the State address: “Let’s try to figure out a way that we can work together.”